The welfare state years: consensus and conﬂict
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The emergence of a strong Labour element in the House of Commons has been generally welcomed as the most signiﬁcant outcome of the present election. It lifts the occasion out of the ordinary groove of domestic politics and will have far wider inﬂuence than any mere turnover of party voters. (The Times, 30 January 1906)
The General Election of 1906, which saw a landslide Liberal victory, returned 53 Labour MPs, 29 of whom were sponsored by the Labour Representation Committee (Fraser, 2003). In some ways this Labour presence in the House acted as a social conscience for the Liberal majority and prompted the ﬁrst stirrings of ‘welfarism’.